Billy Butterfield (January 14, 1917 in
Middleton, Ohio – March 18, 1988) was a
band leader, jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist
and cornetist.
He studied cornet with Frank Simons, but
later switched to studying medicine. He did
not give up on music and quit medicine after
finding success as a trumpeter. Early in his
career he played in the band of Austin
Wylie. He gained attention working with Bob
Crosby (1937–1940), and later worked with
Artie Shaw, Les Brown, and Benny
On October 7, 1940, during his brief stay
with Artie Shaw's orchestra, he performed
what has been described as a "legendary
trumpet solo" on the hit song "Stardust."
Between 1943 and 1947, taking a break to
serve in Uncle Sam's army, Billy led his own
orchestra. On September 20, 1944, Capitol
recorded the jazz standard "Moonlight In
Vermont", which featured a vocal by
Margaret Whiting and a trumpet solo by Billy.
The liner notes from the CD Capitol from the
Vaults, Volume 2, "Vine Street Divas"
indicate that, although Billy Butterfield & His
Orchestra were credited with the song, it was
really the Les Brown band recording under
the name of Billy Butterfield because Brown
was under contract to another label at the
He recorded two albums with Ray Conniff in
the 1950s (Conniff meets Butterfield) and
1960s (Just Kiddin' Around). Later in the
1960s he recorded two albums with his own
orchestra for Columbia Records. Billy was a
member of the World's Greatest Jazz Band
led by Yank Lawson and Bob Haggart from
the late 1960s until his death in 1988. He
also freelanced as a guest star with many
bands all over the world, and performed at
many jazz festivals, including the Manassas
Jazz Festival and Dick Gibson's Bash in
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